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#TyreNichols should still be alive.
#BreonnaTaylor should be alive.
#GeorgeFloyd should be alive.
#DuanteWright should be alive.
#FantaBility should be alive.
#TamirRice should be alive.
#LaquanMcDonald should be alive.
#SandraBland should be alive.


#AtatianaJefferson should still be alive.
#StephonClark should be alive.
#FreddieGray should be alive.
#BothamJean should be alive.
#PhilandoCastille should be alive.
#MichaelBrown should be alive.
#EricGarner should be alive.
#AltonSterling should be alive.


All these people in mental health crises I reported on should still be alive today. They or their families called police for help.
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This isn’t true. There are three primary databases that track killings by police - Mapping Police Violence (ours), FatalEncounters, and the Washington Post. Between those, WaPo is the least comprehensive and the only one which doesn’t include non-shooting and off-duty killings.
What you’re referencing is the fact that the WaPo database in particular does not comprehensively track killings by police and is cited frequently in ways that underreport the scale of violence (WaPo also misses some on-duty fatal police shootings as well btw).
The WaPo data also underreports unarmed people killed by police. They don’t categorize people holding objects that aren’t weapons as unarmed and also don’t track the huge proportion of unarmed people who are killed by police tasers, restraints, etc and not shootings.
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Getting into a car is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.


Passing a counterfeit bill is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.


Sleeping in your home is not a capital crime.

The police cannot continue to act as judge, jury, and executioner.


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1/In sanctuary for #GeorgeFloyd #Houston funeral due to start in about an hour. Family and friends are wearing black and white, filing past the open, gold-plated casket. Everyone wearing masks. @AP and @HoustonChron posting photo.
2/Family and guests taking seats #GeorgeFloyd #Houston funeral. @JJWatt and @channingtatum spotted. @tylerperry Jamie Fox and @FloydMayweather expected.
3/ The latest from #GeorgeFloyd family and funeral in #Houston…
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Say every one of their names—Then #SayTheirNames again.

It matters.

Beloved children, spouses, mothers, fathers, friends, co-workers, neighbors.

Denial of racism IS racism
Silence IS compliance

#BlackOutTuesday, no commentary needed—A Thread
#GEORGEFLOYD, 46 —911 call from a grocery worker claiming an attempted forgery.

Responding LEO w/17 previous infractions held him down for 9 minutes by the neck as 2 LEOs assisted & 1 did nothing.

His life drained out of him as he said #ICantBreathe

4 Officers fired—1 charged.
#AHMAUDARBERY, 25—Jogging, hunted down & shot by 2 men while a 3rd videotaped the murder. They claimed they suspected him of a burglary. Homeowner of house being built states nothing was taken.

2 men charged with murder & aggravated assault. Videotaper claims bystander—Pending.
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I was asked to write this and I was emotional and angry. Tired, really. But I wanted to share my thought process when writing these 750+ words about the proximity of premature death/racism in Dallas and in this country. THREAD.…
I’m an artist & MC. I always think about ideas in song lyrics. No other song title conveys proximity to premature death better than 2Pac’s “Death Around The Corner”(especially since his best work, ME AGAINST THE WORLD, released when he was in prison):
I decided to start with Tupac’s words because, in his lyrics, he located how CLOSE death was in his lived experience. Racism has a way of making that easy for you. He understood a radical political framework, predicted his premature death in this country and was killed at 25.
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Just got this email. Not sure if my writings/ appearances sparked it, or simply my existence as a black person. This is what we're fighting against. This is why people are rebelling across the nation. Stop pretending this mindset is rare and start realizing what's at stake
My colleagues in media, ESPECIALLY black women, get these emails every day. And phone calls, and letters. At least we get to respond on air, in print, online. The vast majority of black people subjected to verbal assault and wanton police and vigilante violence do not
Our pain pales in comparison to #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #AhmadArbery #BothamJean #AtatianaJefferson families. But let me be clear. This nation's inability to treat black people with basic decency and humanity doesn't change whether you are on the street in bed or on air
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#CentralPark Cindy Confrontation Goes Viral, as White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man Over Dog Leash…
1. #AmyCooper since you are on #administrativeleave from your job #FranklinTempleton I have some fil.s that you might screen at home. 2 by @ava #The13th is on @YouTube for free. #WhenTheySeeUs is in @netflix pperhaps you have account with them.
2. Dear #AmyCooper,
hello it's me again. Ever hear of #PhilandoCastile? There's a shirt film on him. His fiancee made it. It's free too, since you're recently/currently unemployed.
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#BEingBlack in AmeriKKKa

We can’t go jogging:

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes:
#BothamJean and #AtatianaJefferson

We can't ask for help after being in a car crash #JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride

We can't have a cellphone:

We can't leave a party to get to safety:

We can't play loud music:

We can’t walk home from the store:


We can’t sell CD's:

We can’t sleep:

We can’t walk down the street:

Our children can’t play with toys: #TamirRice

We can’t go to church:

We can’t party on New Years:


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Reasons Black people have been murdered in 21st century America:

Praying, biking, driving, running, lying down, holding skittles, breathing, being home.

And while we're contemplating the injustice of #AtatianaJefferson's killing, think of #OscarGrant, shot in the back as he lay face down.

#PhilandoCastile, shot to death inside his car for NO reason.

Or #TamirRice, gunned down for holding a toy, which I describe in my book...
Think of #SandraBland, #EricGarner, #BothamJean.

Think of being Black and living in a nation where you're safe NOWHERE. Not at home. Not in church. Not on the street.

And where law enforcement can gun you down without consequences.

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It's an old tactic of white Christians to:
1) cling to the worst-faith interpretation of your words and actions
2) cast aspersions on the theological orthodoxy and even the salvation of Black Christians who express an opinion they don't like.
#BothamJean #Forgiveness Image
Of course, others just accuse the people pointing out racism of being racists. It's like blaming the rain on the one who says it's raining. And many of them probably have trouble loving themselves so they can't love others and lash out at others in a rage. ImageImageImage
This is the work. Telling the truth when you know it will anger people. Disciplining yourself not to respond with hate. But the work is rewarding. Somehow hope finds a way to manifest itself--often through community. You find others on the way who share the burden and their love.
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Please follow and amplify the #JoshuaBrown hashtag.
This courageous witness was found shot to death after testifying against former police officer Amber Guyger for murdering #BothamJean.

Please learn about this story and share it.…

UPDATE: This #JoshuaBrown story gets more troubling as I learn more:

"Merritt wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night that the medical examiner told him Brown was shot in the mouth and chest."…
Remember that we still do not have an official report on where #JoshuaBrown was shot.

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#Breaking: Amber Guyger found guilty of murder for killing Botham Jean.
The jury will resume deliberating to decide Guyger's sentence. She faces anywhere from 5 to 99 years or life in prison. (The charge is not eligible for probation.)

Live updates here:
The sentencing phase of #AmberGuyger's trial will begin about 1 p.m.

A timeline of the case so far, via @clairezcardona and @tomsteele:
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BREAKING: Fired Dallas police Officer #AmberGuyger has been found guilty of murder in the death of #BothamJean.…
The jury deliberated for a day and a half following six days of testimony. The vote was unanimous, according to Judge Tammy Kemp.…
Jurors will now resume deliberating to decide Guyger’s punishment.

In Texas, murder carries a punishment of five to 99 years or life in prison. The charge is not eligible for probation.…
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I was a police officer for 15 years.

If #AmberGuyger performed CPR after shooting #BothamJean in the chest, she’d have blood on her hands, on her uniform, & on the phone she was using her hands to text with.

She. Is. Lying.

I’m most grateful that even as hard as this case is, the majority of dialogue on this thread has been sincere & respectful. We are all entitled to our beliefs, and I’m glad to see that most everyone is conveying their opinions respectfully! We can always agree to disagree!
THE JURY FOUND #AmberGuyger GUILTY!!!!!!

Thank you, Texas, for upholding justice!!!!!! #JusticeForBotham
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Lee Meritt says he had one demand: "We want to know why that person is not in handcuffs yet." DA couldn't answer that question, he said. #BothamJean #BothamShemJean
Meritt says he brought new evidence to the DA. An interview was done that he thinks will lead to #AmberGuyger being charged. Merritt said for that reason, he's not going to release that information to the public right now. #BothamJean #BothamShemJean
Remember: Dallas Chief Hall said on Fri that at her request, a warrant would be issued charging #AmberGuyger with manslaughter. On Sat, she said the Texas Rangers, who are handling the investigation, asked that a warrant be held while they investigate #BothamJean #BothamShemJean
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